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In order to clean up the front page of our website we decided to move all of our older posts to this "archive" page. If you really want to see the old posts, feel free to read on...

November 17, 2004

Sometimes you just have to say WTF. Lisa found this quote today and we think it's a great way to look at life. While Lisa pretty much flies by the seat of her pants, I am quite a bit more analytical and serious - too much so actually. It's about time I loosened up and enjoyed life to the fullest - tasting and experiencing all that life has to offer. Why don't we all just open ourselves up to new experiences and stop thinking so damn much? As Nike would say, "Just do it" -- and allow yourself to enjoy life without fear or insecurities!

So anyway, for anyone that may feel a little trapped or overwhelmed by past experiences, here's a little thought:

"You may feel a bit trapped in the past. Looking at old pictures, pouring through scrapbooks or reading old love letters isn't going to take your mind off your problems, but for some reason you can't stop thinking, 'What if?' Of course, there's no way to go back and relive anything that happened years, days or even hours ago, so you may as well try to move forward. Leave the past where it belongs, and summon the courage to take that first step forward.

Look at the past only in order to improve the present. You'll be ever so happy with the results."

So don't forget the past -- feel the pain or pleasure that may be a part of it, learn from it and accept it as who you are. Then don't let it stop you from going out and trying some new experiences - taste more of what life has in store for you!


April 25, 2004

Happy Anniversary to us!!

They said, "I bet they'll never make it"
But just look at us holding on
We're still together still going strong
...
Ain't nothin' better
We beat the odds together
I'm glad we didn't listen
Look at what we would be missin'
...
I'm so glad we made it!
- Shania Twain

October 5, 2004

Happy Birthday Lisa!!


January 19, 2004

We're now in our new house - which is in a new city, new school district, new ward (church), new stake (church) - along with a new outlook on life, family and all that entails.

Here's to living every day better than the last, and making 2004 better than 2003!


May 11, 2003

Happy Mother's Day!

A very special Happy Mother's Day to my Mom, Lisa's Mom, and Lisa herself!!!

Alec, Courtney and Nicole also wish Mommy a Happy Mother's Day!!!

For Our Mothers


April 8, 2003

It's time to try to regain some sense of normalcy in our lives and on our website. We're hopeful that things will work out in the end, and all will be well.

With that, we've removed a few items that no longer hold any purpose other than provide an avenue for us to vent. Perhaps it's time to change the focus somewhat.

Coming soon we will be posting some pictures of the new puppy and some more pictures of the kids and family. Also, based on some feedback from family, we're thinking of how best to create a home page for the kids to post things themselves - things like drawings and letters.

Stay tuned!


March 30, 2003

Ok, ok, we give! We've had a surprising rush of friends and family request that we reconsider that Lisa put her webpage back up, along with our pictures. After much deliberation, Lisa decided to rise above the petty turmoil that a few crazy people created, and continue doing what she wants - and we all know Lisa gets what she wants!!

"If you get bogged down in what other people think of you, you will quickly lose your own identity."

So, she's back at it! To all our friends and family, enjoy the comments of our thoughtful and sometimes provocative Lisa!


March 25, 2003

"A picture's worth a thousand words"...and a thousand mistakes, or so it seems. The pictures on our site have been taken down as it seems that many people simply can't accept others for who they are, without gossiping and making wrong assumptions.

So be it. As of today, there will no longer be pictures on our site.

Additionally, Lisa has retracted her webpage and will no longer be posting anything on it. It seems to stir up far too much anxiety in some, and cause agitation, strife and discontent among small minded people - especially those who want to blame others for all their own problems.


March 3, 2003

Bruce has made some headway on his webpages finally! Check them out here. Some more work still to be done, but it's getting there.


January 12, 2003

After considering some of the current events happening in our lives at this point in time, I felt the desire to make a brief statement on our website. I will probably include this into it's own little "About Us" type page in the near future, but for now, I'm letting this stand on its own, right here out in front.

TheWestbrooks.com is the personal Web site of Bruce Westbrook. This is me without regrets or the need to ask forgiveness. There may be times where the content may be ambiguous or contradictory but we are all complex individuals, with all the issues that come with life's experiences. If the content comes as a suprise at times, it simply means that we're continuing to grow and change, and isn't that what life is all about?

We are not here to make any world-changing philosiphical remarks, to defend our personal decisions in life, to spew rumors or gossip, or to make any real difference in anyone's life. We're simply here to enjoy the pleasure of talking about ourselves and allowing our far-away friends and family to have a glimpse into our lives and our thoughts.

To that end, this site is just what it is... a small footprint in a very large world.

-- Bruce

January 2003 - Happy New Year!


Not much to say right now, except...

Happy New Year!!!


December 2002 - Merry Christmas!


What have we done with the site since our last update? Let's see...we added a search engine to the site (see the link to the left and try it out!) and of course, we keep updating our pictures as much as possible.

Alec had his eighth birthday! He was so happy to get to see Grandma and Grandpa Westbrook, and his Aunt Trina. You can find some pictures of his birthday here.

The girls also greatly enjoyed their grandparents visit, especially Courtney, who is just enamored with her Grandpa. Since we won't get to see them for Christmas, we decided to hold a little early Christmas with them as well.

Christmas is just a few days away, and we're getting ready - albeit a little more at the last minute then usual. We painted the interior of the house on the main floor just before Alec's birthday, and it looks pretty good. Lisa found a color in a new home that she just loved, so we went ahead and painted our home that color (was MUCH cheaper than buying a new home!). That took us about four weeks on and off again to get it done - you'll see some of the mess in Alec's birthday pics. But with Lisa's excellent eye for decoration and taste, it looks great!

That's about it for now! Everyone enjoy the holidays and have a wonderful new year! God bless us and keep us all safe, warm and fed!!


10/2002 - Site Revised - AGAIN!

Yes, here we are again. It's been six months since our last update to the site. And now that we're finally adding some more content, we're changing the look of the site yet again! Why? I'm glad you asked! Here are a few reasons for those that care:

  • Bruce disliked the old site's plain look
  • Bruce felt like doing some more html work
  • Lisa wanted dogs on her site - chocolate labs, to be specific
  • Lisa wanted to be able to add content easily. Since Bruce strongly dislikes MS FrontPage, he found the next easiest thing to do would be to use Server Side Includes (SSI). This left Lisa with simply needing to add content to a text file and then run a script to upload it to the site. So far, so good!
  • Bruce didn't have anything else to do (yeah right!)

We hope you enjoy the look and feel of the new site. I really like the soft blue colors (Lisa would prefer chocolate labs all over the site, but she's OK with this instead :). I don't entirely like the square angles on the site, so I'm going to work on rounding the corners at some point. Other than that, enjoy!


10/2/2002 - Site Revised - AGAIN!

Yes, once again, I've revamped the site. I changed the entire look and feel of the site. The previous site had DHTML menus, which gave me something new to play with, but I just didn't like the way they flowed. So now, I'm back to regular text links - not even graphical buttons.

I also removed the so-called "logo" that we had on the previous site. I'm really not much of a graphical person, so it wasn't much of anything. Again, like the links, I'm back to text. I would like to find a good looking graphical logo to brand our site with, but we haven't found anything that's really caught our eye yet. I've been thinking of the Westbrook coat of arms as a possibility.

We have added a ton of new pictures. You can start here for a directory of various groupings.

That's it for now. But I think with the new ease of updating this content, Lisa will probably be making much more frequent updates than I have up to this point. So enjoy the new look, check back frequently and keep in touch!


3/31/2002 - Mocha Comes Home!

(We've decided to leave these home page posts alone, to keep a history of what's changed here. Kind of a journal for our website.)

We have a new puppy! There are several new pictures on the site now, where you can see our new little dark chocolate lab, Mocha.

I also fixed our logo, so it's now transparent with the background...although, I'm not entirely pleased with the logo itself. I'm going to work on it some more in the future.

Finally, I've revamped my personal web pages here. I am considering redoing the rest of the site in a similar manner. The colors on my new site are rather pleasing to the eye, I think. The moon and clouds make a very crisp image, but the image is cut up into several pieces, which makes the loading of the page appear a bit strange, especially for those on a slow Internet connection.


Original Post - Brought New Site Online 3/7/2002

Ok, ok. It was about time we revamped our old legacy website, and did something different. We'll have something to say here soon, but we don't know what and we don't know when. There are a few pages up and running, so have a peek...but most of this is just a placeholder for now.

I do need to fix the logo as you can see...not quite smooth enough with the background.

In the meantime, enjoy the quotes at the bottom of the page. At least I got that far!








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